GOP Lawmakers Laud Trump's Order to Declassify FISA Docs

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the President's National Council of the American Worker in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Monday Sept. 17 2018 in Washington

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the President's National Council of the American Worker in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Monday Sept. 17 2018 in Washington

Page admitted earlier this summer, Fox News reported Sunday, that investigators, led by her then-paramour Strzok, had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin after more than nine months of investigating. Meanwhile, a source familiar with the process told CNN the declassification won't happen Monday.

The president also did not order the declassification of a subsequent part of the document that details information Page provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during an earlier interview, or sections that go over Russia's attempts to recruit New York City residents as intelligence assets.

Garber also told Tracy that he is "surprised by the apparent small size of the legal team representing the White House and the president and other witnesses", since "in past investigations of the White House under other administrations, the legal teams were quite large and well-resourced".

President Trump ordered the federal government to declassify "key" material related to FISA warrants, DOJ text messages, and Russian Federation intel Monday night; setting the stage for a potential showdown with the Department of Justice.

Marie Harf added that Trump seems to be selective in the documents he'd like to be declassified.

Their concerns echo those of the president's critics, including Democrats in Congress, who say that releasing classified documents could interfere in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, in which Trump is a key figure.

He also wants to declassify information the Justice Department used to obtain a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is not anxious about what his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is cooperating with the US special counsel's probe into Russian election meddling, will tell prosecutors, as long as he is truthful.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the decision in a statement Monday noting Trump's decision comes "at the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency". The FBI released a heavily redacted version of the application earlier this year, as intelligence experts maintain that sources and methods could be compromised if too much information is revealed. His communications were monitored for almost a year starting in October 2016. "We're on the verge of having the president do more declassification".

Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican who has been a leading GOP voice in urging Trump to use his legal authority to publicly release the documents, praised the president's unusual move.

"Americans deserve the truth about these egregious actions by government officials", Representative Scalise said.

Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement Monday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the ranking Democrats on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, said in a statement that Trump's actions were a "direct and frantic response" to Manafort's recent guilty plea and cooperation agreement with Mueller.

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